Martin Luther King Jr 's Letter From A Birmingham Jail Essay

989 Words Oct 27th, 2016 4 Pages
Rita Joe and Martin Luther King Jr maintain their opposition on racial inequality and segregation through an effective use of the three persuasive strategies and figurative devices.
In Martin Luther king, Jr.’s “Letter from a Birmingham Jail”, he first uses the ethos appeal to establish his credibility to support his position on the subject of inequality. To establish a good foundation of his credibility, he first maintains a sense of equality between him and his audience, the Clergymen, and later, he further supports his credibility by addressing his audience. At the beginning of the letter, he responds to the audience, the Clergymen, by referring them as “Dear Fellow Clergymen” (p.450). When he labels them as such, he is actually equating himself to the Clergymen. In other words, he is sending them a message saying that he is no less inferior than them based on his racial heritage; he is an American.
Furthermore, he reinforces his credibility by providing evidences to prove to his audience that he is very well educated on the subject of racial inequality. He says, “I have the honor of serving as president of the Southern Christian leadership Conference” (p.450). In addition, he also participates in the “Alabama Christian Movement for Human Rights.” (p.450). In stating these comments, he proves that he is an educated man and he has an active and profound presence in the movement for civil rights.
On the other hand, Rita Joe appeals to ethos by building her credibility…

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